High school sports practice resumes in Jonesboro
Just as Craighead County sees a significant rise in covid-19 cases, high school sports are allowed to resume in the state.
Nettleton School District’s high school football and volleyball practice started today for the first time in months, but with noticeable changes.
“Whether it’s putting cones down to make sure everyone is spaces properly,” says Nettleton High School football coach Steven Hampton. “In the weight room making sure we’re skipping a rack in between. We’re keeping that proper social distance. Our kids, safety, our coach’s safety is the main emphasis right now and we’re going to acclimate. The states Triple A has given us an acclimation process to follow that and hopefully the cases will begin to fall.”
Hampton says they will follow all guidelines given to them.
While practice was able to begin as of Monday, the Nettleton School District started back today with shorter practice times.
While not required by the state, the district is doing temperature and questionnaire screenings for everyone with masks are also provided to students.
Hampton says they are trying to do as much practice outside, for social distance rules.
Volleyball coach Vickie Davis says they have split students up into smaller groups and have had to learn to use every inch of space.
“Encouraging kids to not high-five each other, just things you don’t think about,” says Volleyball coach Vickie Davis. “Not touching each other’s balls with their hands, having to use their feet. We are trying to use every inch of space we have, so we’ve had to look beyond the volleyball court obviously. So, we are using some space we have above and out lobby.”
With restrictions, both coaches say they are focusing on conditioning right now.
With the rise in COVID cases in the county, the district says they want to be as safe and cautious to continue sports as long as it is safe.